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Golf Glance: PGA in Mexico, Champions in title race

FLM’s weekly Golf Glance looks at the biggest storylines and notes from the three biggest North American tours, with the PGA heading to Mexico for the Mayakoba Classic this week.

PGA Tour

Patton Kizzire
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LAST WEEK: Shriners Hospital for Children Open (Bryson DeChambeau)

THIS WEEK: Mayakoba Golf Classic, Nov. 8-11
El Camaleon Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. (Par 71, 6,987 yards)
Purse: $7.2 million (Winner: $1.3 million and 500 FedEx Cup points)
Defending champion: Patton Kizzire
FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele
Television: Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

This is the seventh of eight events in the PGA Tour’s Fall wraparound schedule. … Jordan Spieth will make his tournament debut. … Kizzire earned his first PGA Tour victory with his one-shot victory over Rickie Fowler last year. … Abraham Ancer, who tied for fourth last week, is one of four Mexican PGA Tour players in the field (Carlos Ortiz, Roberto Diaz, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez). All four have made the cut in previous years at the event. … Chris Stroud is the only player in the field to have competed in all 11 previous Mayakoba Classics, making the cut eight times with his best finish a third-place tie in 2013. … Six-time Tour winner and 2011 FedExCup champion Bill Haas is playing on a sponsor’s exemption after finishing 152nd in the rankings last season.

NEXT WEEK: The RSM Classic, Sea Island, Ga.

LPGA Tour

LAST WEEK: TOTO Japan Classic (Nasa Hataoka)

THIS WEEK: Blue Bay LPGA, Nov. 7-10
Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club, Hainan Island, China (Par 72, 6,705 yards)
Purse: $2.1 million (Winner: $315,000)
Defending champion: Shanshan Feng
Race to CME Globe leader: Ariya Jutanugarn
Television: Tuesday-Friday, 11 p.m.-3 a.m. ET (All times on Golf Channel)

This is a Wednesday-Saturday, no-cut event leading into next week’s season-ending Tour Championship. … Top-ranked Jutanugarn of Thailand and No. 2 Sung Hyun Park of South Korea are both in the 81-player field. Jutanugarn has clinched Player of the Year honors and leads the Tour in official money ($2.48 million), scoring average (69.398) and in the Race to the CME Globe (4,054 points). … Jutanugarn and Park are the only three-time winners on Tour this year. … With the 19-year-old Hataoka winning last week, the average age of this year’s winners has dropped to 24.7. Hataoka is the youngest winner on Tour this year.

NEXT WEEK: CME Group Tour Championship, Naples, Fla.

Champions Tour

Bernhard Langer
Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

LAST TOURNAMENT: Invesco QQQ Championship (Scott Parel)

THIS WEEK: Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Nov. 8-11
Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix (Par 71, 6,763 yards)
Purse: $2.5 million (Winner: $440,000 and 880,000 Cup points)
Defending champion: Kevin Sutherland
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer
Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 4-6:30 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

This is the Charles Schwab Cup championship, which returns to 72 holes after two years with a 54-hole format. … The top six players in the 35-player field still have a mathematical chance to win the title. Langer, who seeks his fifth Charles Schwab Cup, or Parel can clinch with a victory. Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly, Scott McCarron and David Toms need a tournament win and help from the players ahead of them. … Langer had his three-year run as the Cup champion snapped last year, finishing second after Sutherland won this event to claim the title. … The $2.1 million Charles Schwab Cup bonus purse includes $1 million to the winner.

–Field Level Media

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